Welcome to the Division

Divisional Director: Prof Mark Emberton

Prof Mark Emberton

A word from the Director:

“We are about to enter a challenging period of change, one in which the interventions of the future will become unrecognisable from those of the past, and one in which the notion or status of ‘surgeon’ will be challenged. It is exactly this step-change that makes surgery or interventional science such an interesting place to be at present.”

The Division of Surgery and Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe, with a team of approximately 300 people, from surgeons and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. We have over thirty research centres spread across London. Our aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life of the people around us.

The Division, reaching across four London campuses (Royal Free, Bloomsbury, Whittington and Stanmore) brings together four major research departments:

Royal Free

Surgical Research


Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science


Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health



Within these departments are world-class research centres specialising in sports education, tissue repair, oncology, biomedical engineering, laser medicine, and anaesthetics, to name but a few.

The Division offers world class training in a wide range of subjects which include a number of second and third year options for MBBS students, and a number of iBSC and MSc programmes. Over 80 postgraduate research students work in the research groups of the Division and its affiliated units and participate in the PhD or MD student programme.



MSc in Burns, Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery 2014-15 Open Day: Friday 2nd May 2014 13:00-15:00, 9th Floor, Royal Free Hospital

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